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People Power: Individuals and their legacy of art

Our exhibition this year will cover the windows lost in the second world war and explain the still existing windows in this Grade II* listed building. There will be self-guided tours, talks, storytelling and activity trails for children that will take in the monuments of the church and the many grade II listed tombs of the churchyard.

Opening Times
Friday 13 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 14 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 15 September: 1200-1400
Monday 16 September: 1100-1600
Tuesday 17 September: 1100-1600
Wednesday 18 September: 1100-1600
Thursday 19 September: 1100-1600
Friday 20 September: 1100-1600
Saturday 21 September: 1100-1600
Sunday 22 September: 1200-1400

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Springtime tidyups start

The gear is out for the first of this year's big tidy ups.   This morning we continued to cut back shrubs that have taken over areas of the churchyard. Our aim is to allow better access to the monuments, improve the general appearance of the churchyard and improve the sight-lines and sense of security for visitors. 


National reports launched by Historic England celebrate Sutton’s heritage

How can the distinctive character and heritage of Sutton be preserved for future generations? To address this challenge, Sutton Council, in partnership with Historic England, Successful Sutton Business Improvement District and Carshalton and District History and Archaeological Society (CADHAS), has formed the Sutton Heritage Action Zone (HAZ).

The Sutton HAZ partnership unveiled two landmark reports at a public event held on 1 October at Sutton Baptist Church, a building recently awarded Grade II* listing by the Secretary of State. 

The Historic Area Assessment for Sutton Town Centre report and accompanying Gateway Document are authored by Locus Consulting. The report celebrates Sutton's rich and longstanding history, exemplified by the streets, buildings, spaces and people that have shaped its town centre. The legacy of Sutton's historical status as a significant highway, crossroads and stopping point between London, Brighton and the Banstead and Epsom Downs, remains the single most dominant feature within the townscape, while several characteristics have been inherited from Sutton's rural past. The report charts Sutton's transformation from a modest railway town into the main civic and administrative centre of the modern London Borough of Sutton.

The report identifies opportunities for proactive conservation management and strategic planning to address changes to retail frontages and enhance Sutton's heritage. The research will assist planners, property owners, developers and the local community in shaping a sustainable future for Sutton town centre. 


The known and potential archaeological significance of Sutton town centre is described within the research report Early Sutton: to inform the present for the future undertaken by Oxford Archaeology. Members of CADHAS supported the project by carrying out research in the Sutton Archives and History Centre and a large part of the on-site assessment. The report covers a 3km radius around Sutton town centre. Volunteers surveyed the extent of pre-1800 structures within the Sutton HAZ boundary and identifed areas of previous ground disturbance and areas with the potential to contain surviving archaeological remains.

Simon Latham, Assistant Director of Housing, Planning and Regeneration at Sutton Council, said: "The council welcomes the research reports as they will help to strengthen our position in protecting Sutton's heritage and encouraging a high quality development as part of the town centre regeneration. The council will be reviewing the opportunities identified in the report, including setting up a Design Review Panel. We look forward to working with the Sutton HAZ partners in realising our shared ambitions."   

David English, Historic Places Principal, Historic England said: "Sutton is London's first Heritage Action Zone and deservedly so. The town centre has a rich history. However, it faces many challenges and it is vital that Sutton's heritage plays a key role in informing how the centre continues to develop and thrive.  Both the Historic Area Assessment and the archaeology report contribute to understanding of Sutton's historic environment and will lead to better place-making." 

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About Sutton Heritage Action Zone (HAZ)

The Sutton HAZ partnership will see Historic England, London Borough of Sutton, Successful Sutton Business Improvement District (BID) and Carshalton and District History and Archaeological Society (CADHAS) work together over three years (2017-2020) to deliver a series of projects that will support local heritage to promote economic growth in Sutton Town Centre. It is part of the national initiative of Heritage Action Zones led by Historic England.

About Historic England

Historic England is the public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England's spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. It protects, champions and saves the places that define who we are and where we've come from as a nation. Historic England cares passionately about the stories it tells, the ideas it represents and the people who live, work and play among them. Working with communities and specialists, Historic England shares its passion, knowledge and skills to inspire interest, care and conservation, so everyone can keep enjoying and looking after the history that surrounds us all.

Historic Area Assessment for Sutton Town Centre

Early Sutton: to inform the present for the future

Sutton Town Centre Heritage Action Zone

Discovering Sutton Heritage Action Zone

The monument to Isaac Littlebury

On the north wall is a tablet with the following inscription:

Isaac Littlebury.

"In memory of Isaac Littlebury, whose liberal education, travels abroad, skill in divers languages, knowledge of history and conversation with eminent men, rendered him a lover of public liberty and good order, which he endeavoured to promote by publishing several eminent books. He was, through the course of his life, just, open, modest, generous, mild, beneficent, frugal. He died the 30th of April 1710, in his 53d year."

Isaac Littlebury is said to have been the son of "Mr. Thomas Littlebury, the famous bookseller in Little Britain, eminent for his skill in languages (fn. 9)." He is best known as the translator of Herodotus; what his other publications were I have not been able to learn, nor any thing further of his history.

From:  Daniel Lysons, 'Sutton', in The Environs of London: Volume 1, County of Surrey (London, 1792), pp. 492-496. British History Online [accessed 10 September 2018].

Illustrated Talks as part of the Extraordinary Women Event

The exhibition will be supported by a series of short 30 minute illustrated talks on the theme of Extraordinary Women.  

  • Thursday 6 September 2018: 1 pm - Cllr Ruth Dombey - 100 years on
  • Friday 7 September 2018: 1 pm - Clare Parish - Girl Guiding Rocks
  • Saturday 8 September 2018: 1 pm - Alice Brown & Rachel Clark (Sutton Community Farm) - Extraordinary Women in Food and Farming
  • Thursday 13 September 2018: 1 pm - Janice Clarke - Mary Sumner
  • Thursday 13 September 2018: 2 pm - Cllr Jean Crossby - The Path to Survival
  • Friday 14 September 2018: 1 pm - Veronica Williams - Claudia Jones
  • Saturday 15 September 2018: 1 pm - Abby Matthews - Women in the Frame
  • Saturday 22nd September 2018: 1 pm - Olwen Edwards & Jackie McLoughlin - Helen Bamber 
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